Harescombe

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About the Hare

A little bit of Roman history in Britain, from various sources………………………
By the year 47, when Plautius was succeeded as commanding officer by Ostorius Scapula, a frontier had been established from Exeter to the Humber, based on the road known as the Fosse Way.  Ostorius Scapula created defences comprising of a series of Roman fortresses between the rivers Severn and the Avon based on the locations of ancient British encampments. Harescombe is a village about 5 miles south of Gloucester and ...
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A little bit of Roman history in Britain, from various sources………………………

By the year 47, when Plautius was succeeded as commanding officer by Ostorius Scapula, a frontier had been established from Exeter to the Humber, based on the road known as the Fosse Way.  Ostorius Scapula created defences comprising of a series of Roman fortresses between the rivers Severn and the Avon based on the locations of ancient British encampments. Harescombe is a village about 5 miles south of Gloucester and west of Painswick nestling in a valley between Haresfield and Edge

Hares-Combe is thought to originate from the Saxon word Here for army and the Celtic word Cwm for valley, so Harescombe is the valley of the army.

You can tell that this hare is a Roman soldier, a legionary, by the type of armour he is wearing, the lorica segmentata and his sword, the gladius.  He must be off duty as he is not wearing his helmet or holding his spear, essential equipment when you are guarding the frontier of the Roman Empire. Like the other members of his legion based along the Fosse Way frontier he is a Roman citizen but he comes from the south of France so he doesn’t really like the weather here. But he is paid well and at least he is not an auxiliary soldier from Gaul.

His Roman name is Maximus Lepus Europaeus and like other hares he is only in Britain because he came here with the Romans

 

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Artist

Martyn Dymott

Artist Biography

Martyn lives in Gloucester and works for a national animal welfare and rehoming charity based in Burford so regularly travels across the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  A member of the Gloucestershire Society of Artists and on the organising committee of the Cheltenham Art in the Park his spare ...
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Martyn lives in Gloucester and works for a national animal welfare and rehoming charity based in Burford so regularly travels across the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  A member of the Gloucestershire Society of Artists and on the organising committee of the Cheltenham Art in the Park his spare time is spent trying to paint en plein air, but if the weather does not allow this he can be found in his home studio (converted garage) producing landscapes, portraits and the occasional abstract piece of art.

Paintings are usually completed in acrylics but Martyn has been known to try a watercolour sketch or two when travelling without an easel and has recently returned to linocut printing. Whilst initially inspired by European impressionism like many amateur artists, Martyn feels more comfortable with post-impressionist and expressionistic art and his favourite artists are Cézanne, August Macke and Alice Neel.

Choice local painting locations include Hidcote, Westonbirt arboretum and Sherborne, although there is so much to inspire across the Cotswolds and beyond.  Outside of the Cotswolds holidays always include his easel and paints, whether following the Constable trail or being inspired by the 2017 Biennale in Venice.

Martyn posts his plein air paintings and other works on his Twitter page.